The choice of a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic surgery procedure is a decision that will have an impact on the patient’s life for many years to come, if not their entire lifetime. A successful procedure will offer the patient significant benefits, as long as an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon undertakes it.
In the hands of a less qualified or relatively inexperienced surgeon, the possibility of poor outcomes increases. This may translate into additional time, expense, and disappointment for the patient. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides aesthetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Why Choose an ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Patients should ideally work with an American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certified plastic surgeon for their surgery. Many people are misinformed that state medical boards offer a credible indication of the qualifications and skills of the surgeon on the procedures that they advertise.
However, in reality, it is not a legal requirement for surgeons to be trained in the exact surgical procedures that they offer to patients. Therefore, it is even more critical for patients to work with an ABPS certified surgeon for their breast reconstruction surgery.
To receive this renowned certification, a doctor must receive a minimum number of years of surgical training. Besides, they must undergo residency training for at least three years as well as pass written and oral examinations.
Upon completing their training, the surgeon will need to submit documentation on cases that they undertake to the board. On top of this, the board also requires surgeons to take renewal exams every ten years to maintain their certification.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, the patient should ensure that their aesthetic sensibilities appeal to them. It is vital to achieve natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery.
Besides relying on recommendations and the plastic surgeon’s experience, the patient should also review images of previous patients who have received a similar procedure with the surgeon and understand how these relate to their own aesthetic sensibilities.
The patient can understand the surgeon’s artistic sensibilities by reviewing plastic surgery before and after images of previous patients. They should evaluate whether the outcomes appeal to them.
When reviewing these pictures, patients should closely observe previous patients who look similar to them. The patient should also evaluate the outcomes of the surgeon’s previous cosmetic surgery patients for consistency and determine if they find the results attractive.
It is vital for the patient to feel comfortable and relaxed with the cosmetic surgeon and their staff. For a significant procedure such as breast reconstruction surgery, working with a plastic surgeon with whom the patient feels comfortable is important.
Questions to Ask
When determining an appropriate plastic surgeon, the patient should ask themselves the below-mentioned questions:
- Do I feel comfortable to be around this surgeon?
- Do I trust that this surgeon will recommend suitable and safe procedures for me?
- Is the surgeon approachable and friendly? Will I be able to ask them any questions that I may have throughout the surgical process?
- Will I feel comfortable disclosing my entire health history and lifestyle habits to this surgeon?
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.